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The Handmade Market and Victoria Falls Part 2

Posted in About My Work, art, Festivals and Shows with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by candlesandghosts

We had a great time at the Handmade Market this past weekend-thanks so much to all of you who made it out.

Here are some quick shots of the show




Along with a shot of our booth

The space was wonderful for a show like this, and set-up and tear down couldn’t have been any easier.  As always it was a great show, and I want to give a big shout out to all of the lovely Handmaidens who work so tirelessly to put this show on.   Thank you ladies!


In other news, Victoria Falls is progressing nicely, and I have reached the point in this painting where I need to decide the final direction it will take.  Basically I have two options, the first is to continue on much like I am now with a more interpretative painting, and the second is to begin adding more substantial details to make the piece more of a translation rather than interpretation.  I think I might just have to go with my gut on this one.

Until next time,



Haircuts can change things (Victoria Falls Part 1).

Posted in About My Work, art, Family with tags , , , , on April 25, 2011 by candlesandghosts

At least that’s what I believe.  I shaved my head yesterday for the umpteenth time- no need for a photo, just imagine me with even less hair than I normally have- I do this about once a month, give or take, but this one was different.  Jeremia got his hair cut for the first time yesterday too, and I thought that if he saw me with mine cut, that it would be an even less traumatic experience for him.

Turns out, what Kristina and I thought was going to be a cavalcade of high drama, he almost couldn’t have cared less about.  I think even Kristina thought she was going to be more upset than she actually was- it is amazing how J can bring a calming perspective to things.

With almost no effort he went from this






to this.

Granted, I’m sure it helped that he got it cut at this really cool kids salon, and got to sit in a plane (of all things), while watching “Madagascar” on a small TV in front of him, but even without all of that, I don’t think he would have really cared.

We even got him to give us his version of a smile when all was said and done.

It got me to thinking about the painting I’m working on

I’ve had it sketched out for several days, but have been delaying in starting it.  Not out of any real fear mind you, but more wondering more why I’ve been making such a big deal out of this project.  It is only paint after all.

So, I put down the first layers of base color this morning

As soon as I was finished, Jeremia came in and sat down on my lap; we stared at the painting for a minute, then he was ready to go play.

So that’s that.


Victoria Falls and other new work

Posted in About My Work, art with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by candlesandghosts

I’ve started a new commission and it will be interesting to see if I can pull it off.  Seriously.  I’ve never considered myself to be much of a landscape painter, and yet that is exactly what this commission is- a large oil painting of Victoria Falls in Africa.

Its a beautiful photograph that my client shot, and I think that may be part of what makes the task so daunting.  Because I was not there, I have to try and capture the power and wonder of this place using only the memory of a snapped photograph.  The locals call the mist that rises from the falls, “the smoke that thunders.”  This piece will certainly push me out of my mixed media comfort zone, much like I’m sure people must feel when they are actually there; that slightly uneasy but exhilarating feeling of standing at the edge of something so vast, while being held back by only fear, and grace.  Will I be able to capture that using only paint?

Who knows?  But here we go anyway…

I stretched the canvas earlier today, and now it waits only for the first strokes.

First however, I will sketch the landscape out to be as accurate as possible; I feel like this painting will be more of a translation rather than an interpretation.  As it proceeds, I will try to keep you informed as to how it’s going.


This is not the only news however, I am continuing to work feverishly on some new pieces in preparation for the Handmade Market this weekend, and several other shows coming up fast.  Here’s a quick shot of some more of my flying birds.

I’ve got an idea of how I’m going to use these, but that will be for a later time.


All News is Big News

Posted in About My Work, art, Art Happenings, jewelry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by candlesandghosts

Though some is bigger than others- If you have been to my Etsy Store lately, then you probably already know what the BIG NEWS is, but if not, well just see below.


Yep, my wife and I had our first child-a healthy, hungry baby boy named Jeremia.  He was born on April 2, and has been the cause of many a sleepless night as of late.  However, I wouldn’t trade him in on a mule (as my Mother is prone to saying), meaning I think he’s pretty great.


He’s already almost doubled his weight in 10 weeks, so I can just imagine what it’s going to be like trying to keep this kid fed during his teenage years.


As they say, eat, sleep, poop, that about sums him up at this point, though he will talk your ear off if he gets the chance.


But this isn’t all that has gone on, the spring shows went very well, and I’m currently getting ready for the next- Bele Chere. It’s a monster of a festival attracting about 350,000 people to the Asheville area of the NC mountains the last weekend in July.  Seriously, it’s a great show, if you can find a way to go, get there.  Good food, good music, good art, need I say more?


I’ve also been working on a lot of new paintings- here are two:


Treeline 2009  20 x 24 x 1.5


Trot II  2009  22 x 34 x 1.5

Click on either one to see more details about them in my Etsy Store.  I’m also going to be listing -TOMORROW- all of the jewelry that I was posting about before Jeremia arrived.  That includes: Virtue Adrift, The Evening Star, 250 Regrets, and others.  So, be looking out for them- they may go fast!

Lastly, I still haven’t finished the website update, but I’m almost there- busy, busy, busy is my new middle name.  Until next time… -M

What I’m Reading

Posted in Artists that Inspire, jewelry, Photography, Studio, Websites I'm Addicted To: with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by candlesandghosts

As a visual artist I have a shady confession to make- I have never been much of one for reading.  I tend to like books with really great visuals, and the words are often secondary for me.  However, my current obsession is quite the exception.  I’m referring, of course, to,“The Jeweler’s Studio Handbook” by Brandon Holschuh.


Yes, it certainly is great artistic eye candy, but the information included within its pages, is quite informative and straightforward without being boring.  If you have any interest in jewelry making at all, I think this book is a must read.  And even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, this book is still a great read.


It reminds of several other excellent books I have acquired over the past few years.  None of these are “How-to” books, but they are still really good “curling up in a comfortable chair on a drizzly afternoon” books.



The Perfect Medium


Rauschenberg: Art And  Life




After Almost 2 Years

Posted in About My Work, art, Studio with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by candlesandghosts

I am finally working on overhauling my art website

I’m hoping to have it ready within the next 2 weeks.  At this point, I have the look of it ready, and I have made many improvements including streamlining the navigation, and adding some snazzy flash elements.  I won’t give away too much now- I’ll save that for when the site goes live.  If you’d like to be kept up to date with the release as well as other happenings going on with my work,  you can subscribe to my email newsletter by joining my email list.  The link is in the upper right-hand corner of the main page of my blog- you can get to my main page by clicking on the Candles and Ghosts header at the top of this listing.  As another option, you can also join my email list by going to my contact page on the current site.  Why am I taking the time to encourage you to do this?

A small “sneak peek” view of the NEW front page


and another “sneak peek”


because not only is my new site going to contain a lot of new work, but there are going to be some “goodies” having to do with the site that only those on my email list will find out about.  And besides, you like being among the first to find out about new stuff don’t you?  I’m going to shut up now before I end up giving everything away.


Under These Stones

Posted in About My Work, art, Art Happenings, Installations, Photography with tags , , , , on November 21, 2008 by candlesandghosts

Hello All,

I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know that I have a new show of my photography opening tonight at Through This Lens gallery in Durham, NC.  The show is titled, “Under These Stones:  Vanishing Reflections of Rural North Carolina”, and it represents the first major show of my work in over three years.  Piedmont Restaurant will be catering the reception which runs from 6-9 p.m., and the show itself will run through the end of December.  Below is a link to the web page I have created for the show, and also there is a link to the Through This Lens gallery website.  Hope to see you there!